What Sportsmanship Should Really Be Like

Take a look at this heartwarming clip which reminds us of what really matters and how sports can have such a positive influence in kids’ lives.  Students like Demetrius de Moors are the reason why we strive to help kids stay in the sports programs they love.

Good sportsmanship encompasses many aspects of a man’s character, the most fundamental being respect. The good sportsman respects both his teammates and his opponents as equals. He plays with integrity. A win that does not come fairly holds no satisfaction for him. He is honest in his dealings with opponents, because he treats them the way he wants to be treated. He is unselfish in his desire to see all his teammates participate and enjoy the game. He is humble in his victories, and has the proper perspective on his losses. In short, the qualities that go in to making a good man are the same ones that contribute to being a great sportsman, since sports are really popular now a days and that’s why people go to matches and watch sports on TV and even do betting on this with the best betting sites from these reviews online.

Unfortunately, as men’s character off the field has declined, so has their behavior on it. Men pout and even cry when they lose, they gloat when they win, and they take sports far too seriously. A man should understand that good sportsmanship truly enhances the experience of both playing and watching sports. Players feel encouraged by one another and take satisfaction in the fact that the game was played fairly. And fans can really enjoy themselves at the games.

As both a player and a fan, I’ve noticed that men could really use some brushing up on the rules of good sportsmanship. So here’s a primer.

The Power of High School Sports

Those of us at Sports Image® can definitely say that we understand the importance of high school sports for the good of community and its youth.  Take a look at this great article by the National Federation of State High Associations for a look into what sports do to improve schools across the United States.

http://www.nfhs.org/content.aspx?id=6897

Sports Image® Welcomes 11th Franchise From Connecticut

Dayton, OH – Janauary 2011 – Sports Image® has just awarded their 11th Sports Marketing Franchise to Ms. Katie Klein of Fairfield, CT.  Sports Image®, a leader in the high school and youth sports marketing industry, has franchise locations in Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, Florida and Georgia.

“Katie is going to be a great addition to our Sports Image® franchise network,” said Mr. Eric Horstman, President of Sports Image®.  “Her practical experience in fund raising and in supporting local schools and sports teams is going to greatly benefit youth organizations in Connecticut.”

Since 2002, Sports Image® has helped high schools and organizations obtain state-of-the-art equipment and much needed revenue for their athletic programs as budgets have dried up nationwide.  Through its’ unique, grassroots sports marketing approach and by levering existing relationships, Sports Image® has given over $600,000 in cash and over $7,500,000 in equipment to schools and organizations in the United States and in Canada.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be combining my passion for helping volunteer associations, our family’s commitment to youth sports, and my desire to partner sponsors and worthy organizations together through creative marketing programs, ” stated Ms. Klein.  “Youth team sports are exploding in Fairfield County and I’m excited at the thought of playing an active role in continuing to faciliate this growth through Sports Image®.”

“Sports Image® is the first national franchise to market through youth sports.  We’ve been helping schools, clubs, community Parks and Recs, churches, and other youth organizations offset Pay to Play for over 10 years.  In July 2009 we franchised our organization to put vested business owners in local markets across the country,” said Mr. Horstman.  “We are on pace to have over 30 franchises operating across the country by the end of 2011.”